WTF Island

10-Plus Vinyl Albums You'll Always See at Thrift Stores

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The First Family

Comedian Vaughn Meader took on the President Kennedy and his clan in this 1962 release at the height of Camelot mania. It was a rarity too on the pop charts, a comedy album hitting number one that same year. After Kennedy's violent death, all remaining copies of the album were pulled from stocks and later destroyed. Now, almost 50 years since Kennedy's assassination, it's a fun listen from a more innocent time in America.

Billy Joel, Glass Houses

Billy Joel is big in the refuse-bin record world, with nearly his entire early discography a mainstay of Salvation Army and Goodwill inventories. Oddly enough, it's his Glass Houses that I see the most, with Joel in tight, dick-hugging jeans about to throw a rock through a window. As far as his sometime touring partner Elton John goes, his stuff is pretty common on the second-hand market too, especially Tumbleweed Connection (of all albums) followed by Honky Chateau.

Neil Young's Harvest

I buy this one no matter its condition, whether it's weather-beaten, half-eaten or missing the LP itself. It just feels good in your hands, and the rough-textured cover feels like home.


Our parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles, must have really really liked Chicago at one time, but not enough to hold on to their albums. You are most likely to see any numbered Chicago releases collecting dust and gunk on a shelf, with almost pristine covers and vinyl. So people just bought them to donate to a thrift store 40 years later?

The Who's Tommy

Why would you want to donate this one to charity? it's awesome in any condition. It can be framed, used in some artsy-fartsy fashion you stole from Pinterest, or kept around for esthetic purposes. I almost never see the soundtrack to the film adaptation to Tommy, which I found superior to the source material. (ducks flying beer bottles)

Elvis Presley

For an Elvis fan, it's kinda sad to see the King sitting all discarded on the floor of a Pasadena thrifting outpost, especially his Christmas stuff. Even sadder when you realize that there are people who think his records are worth thousands of dollars, when in actuality the lion's share of his LPs don't have much market value. That's what happens when you sell seventy billion albums.

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Craig Hlavaty
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